Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

A Certified Public Accountant with master’s degrees in Business Management and English Language Teaching, Melanie T. Lim was born and raised in Cebu. While proudly homegrown, she concedes her time in the United States as well as the People’s Republic of China has shaped her internationalist views. Her multicultural orientation stems from her love of travel which has brought her to 47 countries. In 2000, she was awarded the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Award (CAMMA) for Best Column. Writing is one of her passions, the other three being traveling, designing and doing housework. She is a certified workaholic who continues to work at seriously learning “how to chill.”


Don’t drive

ACCORDING to the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PHP-HPG), road accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is the top cause of road accidents in the country.

Unsafe city

I guess Mayor Mike Rama has finally had it. The string of robberies in the city is finally getting to him. Now, the mayor is threatening to withhold the city government’s monthly allowance to cops and to actually kick some non-performing cops out if more robberies occur.

I’ve lived in Cebu for most of my life and I have to say that the past few years have seen an alarming trend of urban crime ranging from bag-snatching to armed robbery. And the tragic thing about it is that most of us simply accept it as the new norm.

The list

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay has asked the Senate not to cite him for contempt for failing to appear on Oct. 30 as ordered.

In a letter dated Nov. 5, Mayor Junjun’s lawyer, Claro Certeza, claims that his client could not be faulted for his non-appearance as the Senate had failed to respond to the mayor’s request to be furnished the list of questions that would have been asked of him during the Senate inquiry. According to Certeza, it is settled jurisprudence that his client has the right to request such information.


THE killing of 26-year-old transgender woman Jennifer Laude (born Jeffrey Laude) was, without doubt, unjustified. It was not a case of self-defense but I don’t believe it was murder, either. I don’t believe the killing was intentional or premeditated. I think it was homicide.

Was it a hate crime? A hate crime is a crime motivated by prejudice against a particular group based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Was Jennifer killed because she was a transgender woman? Yes and no.

Ill but happy?

A RECENT Sun Life Financial Asia study reveals that Filipinos are among the unhealthiest in Asia. The study which covers eight markets across the Asia Pacific region shows that the Philippines has the highest levels of family history of chronic illness as well as preventable medical conditions.

Over the hill

There is nothing like illness that makes you seriously think about your impending loss of invincibility. We’ve always known that we won’t live forever but death seems remote when you are young, strong and healthy.

Well, those were the days.

Posting 101

I came across an article some months back about what NOT to post on Facebook. This was the nth article on the subject I had read but this one, I must say, seemed particularly vile.

The author of the article had a long list of what NOT to post on Facebook—kids, pets, significant others, relationships, successes, failures, volunteer work, report cards, food, sunsets, selfies, quotes…I tell you, it was practically everything you could think of that’s ever been posted on Facebook.


This was Alyzza Agustin’s biggest crime.

The 23-year-old men’s magazine model proudly posted on her Facebook page that because of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Supt. Alexander Ignacio’s calling card, she was able to get away from being issued a traffic ticket for violating the number coding scheme in Metro Manila.

Hiring seniors

A proposal to require businesses to hire senior citizens is being drafted by our city council. The time for public discourse is now.

I am all for supporting the well-being of the elderly but I am completely against compelling the business sector (under pain of penalty like revocation of business license) to fill in a certain percentage of their work force with senior citizens.

Stab in the back

IT HURTS when someone stabs you in the back. But you can’t lose faith in the rest of humanity. For every person who stabs you in the back, there are a thousand more who will come into your life with generosity and goodness.

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